Warming Shelters Open Doors Overnight During Cold Snap

About 36 people spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Repairers of the Breach, a shelter serving Milwaukee's homeless, seeking a warm place to get a good night's rest.  

The shelter is on West Vliet Street, and normally operates during the daytime. When the temperature dips below 10 degrees, however, those who need to can visit the shelter to sleep. 

"This is normally our most trouble time of the year," said Wayne Walter, who works there. "This weather is dangerous, and we try our best to save lives."

As one of the only shelters with this Warming Room, Repairers of the Breach is expecting a large crowd as the weather gets colder. To support the Emergency Warming Room, Repairers of the Breach is asking for the following donations:

  • Monetary donations to support increased staff, energy bills and water bills
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Blankets
  • Extended hour hand warmers
  • Winter boots, hats and gloves
  • Brown bag lunches

Individuals interested in supporting Repairers’ Emergency Warming Room are encouraged to contact Pastor James West, executive director, at (414)595-6447 or [email protected].

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